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Daily Calendar for Friday, September 17, 2021

Died

  • Tobias George Smollett (Scottish satirical novelist)
  • Spiro T. Agnew (served as vice president under Richard Nixon)
  • Red Skelton (comedian)
  • Robert Truax (rocket scientist)

Born

  • David Dunbar Buick (automobile manufacturer)
  • William Carlos Williams (writer & doctor)
  • Hank Williams (musician)
  • Anne Bancroft (actress)
  • David Souter (U.S. Supreme Court justice)
  • Phil Jackson (basketball coach)
  • John Ritter (actor)
  • Kyle Chandler (actor)
  • Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR driver)

Events

  • City of Boston founded
  • The U.S. Constitution signed
  • Battle of Antietam in Maryland occurred; known as the bloodiest battle of the Civil War
  • First powered flight of X-15 rocket plane
  • First public display of a lunar rock, at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
  • M*A*S*H made its television debut
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police began accepting women as uniformed members
  • NASA unveiled the first space shuttle, Enterprise, to the public
  • Vanessa Williams became the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America
  • William Rehnquist is confirmed as chief justice of the US Supreme Court
  • Heather Whitestone of Alabama became the first deaf woman to be crowned Miss America
  • The Late Show with David Letterman was the first TV talk show to return to the airways six days after terrorists attacked the United States in New York City
  • Barry Bonds hit his 700th home run
  • A 17-pound 4-ounce white catfish was caught in the Humboldt River of Nevada
  • A bottled message tossed from an April Caribbean cruise was found in Sunset Beach, North Carolina

Weather

  • 2.42” rain fell in 3 hours in Yuma, Arizona
  • Lander, in the Wyoming Rockies, had 23.6 inches of snow

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